Rev. Chimère Holmes
Licensed Psychotherapist, Thomas Jefferson University
West Chester native Chimère Holmes’ life has followed two paths: the church and mental health. While the two may seem disparate, Holmes has found a way to weave them together.
By day, she works as a psychotherapist in the methadone clinic at Thomas Jefferson University, where she oversees a caseload of 35 patients dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse. “I run two groups each week, one of which is a spirituality group,” she says. “We tie in work from the 12-step program with the idea of placing some sort of faith in something greater than yourself.”
Holmes also facilitates a weekly women’s group—and work doesn’t end when she leaves the clinic. She also has a private practice in Center City, where she sees people for a wide range of issues. “Many specifically seek me out because of my faith background,” says the ordained reverend. “Some people are exploring their faith. Some people are going through a crisis of faith, or they want to know how their faith can inform their mental health or whatever challenges they’re going through.”
Holmes notes that her practice has seen an uptick in women of color, millennials and members of the LGBTQ community. “I try my best to empower my clients if they feel they’ve been discriminated against,” she says.